About RCI, Inc.

RCI, Incorporated is an international association of professional consultants, architects, and engineers who specialize in the specification and design of roofing, waterproofing and building envelope systems.

Since 1983 RCI members have offered unbiased design, repair planning, quality observance, legal testimony, and general roof management services. In March of 2006, RCI (formerly Roof Consultants Institute) expanded its mission and service scope to include waterproofing and the building envelope. This action reflects the understanding that roofing issues often influence the entire building envelope. It was discovered that in increasing frequency, RCI members are called upon to address building-wide concerns from below-grade to rooftop.

The Registered Roof Consultant (RRC), Registered Waterproofing Consultant (RWC), Registered Exterior Wall Consultant (REWC) and Registered Roof Observer (RRO) programs distinguish professionals with the proven standards of education, experience and ethics.

RCI Ontario Chapter


RCI Ontario Chapter Year End

The Ontario Chapter was rather busy over the last month hosting several events in several cities. On November 22ND – 23RD the Chapter’s Education Committee hosted the “Masonry Wall Systems” course at the TCA offices in Richmond Hill. The event was facilitated by Peter Saunders of Henry Company, Gary Osmond from Rockwool and Len Gurunlian. The two day course offered professionals who are interested in performing observations to assure exterior walls are being installed in accordance with code and specifications and the opportunity to learn more about the various systems that are available. Many thanks to Peter, Gary & Len for donating their time to provide their expertise on this diverse topic.

This event was followed up by a seminar on “The Future of Building Envelope Inspections” which was presented by the National Capital Branch in Ottawa. It was facilitated by Ted Sheridan of Fishburn Sheridan & Associates, Alex Healy & Matthew Ryan of RH Precision Unmanned Inc. It provided information on the advancements being made in the way inspections. Drone technology is expanding and the roofing industry is becoming a benefactor of its use. The Ontario Chapter would like to thank Ted, Matt and Alex for their expertise in this topic and for taking the time to present their information with all of those that attended!

On November 28, 29, 30th the Ontario Chapter had a booth at the “Building Show” which provided the chapter a chance for some exposure to building owners, property managers, architects and designers who attend this show. Thank you to all of those who participated in tending to the booth over the three days - your time was much appreciated!


On December 6, 2018 the RCI Ontario Chapter held its “Christmas Luncheon” at the Le Jardin Banquet Hall in Vaughan, Ontario. Although it was a cool and windy day in the city, it was a warm and inviting setting inside where patrons were greeted with cocktails while they mingled with their peers. The social committee invited “Dueling Pianos” to provide the musical entertainment. The duo played classic rock hits and took requests from the audience while the dessert portion of the meal was being served. By all accounts it seemed that the event was well received and this is typically a great event for the RCI Ontario Chapter and good way to end off the year.




The Ontario Chapter would like to acknowledge the following for their sponsorship for this event: Cocktail Sponsors: Crawford Roofing Corporation
Wine Sponsors: Soprema Inc. and Situra Inc.
Entertainment Sponsor: Lexsuco Corporation

As 2018 draws to a close it is worth reflecting on the year that was for the Ontario Chapter. A new President was elected at the start of the year. David McMillan deserves acknowledgement for his efforts and the leadership that he provided to the Board throughout the year and the goals/milestones that he set for the chapter going forward. The Chapter President position is very demanding on time, however, David was instrumental in RCI events throughout the year and contributed largely to the Chapter’s success. In January David will step down and Shawn Irani will become the new chapter President and with help from David the transition should be a smooth one!

The Board took on many challenges this year and implemented some new directives. The Ontario Chapter Education Committee continued to live stream the breakfast seminars which allowed those who could not attend the events to participate. The Education Committee has already started announcing seminars and workshops for this coming year. The Social Committee put on some fantastic events which included the reception night for those attending the first ever Canadian Building Envelope Symposium and the fine entertainment which accompanied the annual Christmas Luncheon. The Membership Committee continued to research new ways to attract new members, whether trying to cross-promote with other organizations or getting in touch with student outreach programs. Marketing is looking at expanding the current social media platform into other avenues in hopes that this will generate more discussion and interest in RCI related items. In general the entire 2018 Chapter Board did some promising things and all the Board members should be commended for their accomplishments.

As we look forward to 2018 there will be changing of the guard as it relates to the committee. Some existing members will move on to other things and new members will come on board. For those who will be moving on, a special thank you for your time and service and best wishes to you. 2018 should be an exciting year for the Ontario Chapter.

As the New Year dawns the Ontario Chapter will hold its Annual General Meeting in Etobicoke on February 1st at the beautiful and historic St. George’s Golf and Country Club. St George’s has hosted five (5) Canadian Open Championships and the Invictus Games inaugural golf tournament back in 2016 and hosted the AGM last year as well.

The AGM will see new appointees to the executive board via election as some of the current board members vacate their positions. Once the executive portion of the meeting has commenced the social committee has organized a curling event for those who wish to attend.


Upcoming Events

  • The Ontario Chapter will be holding its “Annual General Meeting” on February 1st, 2019 at St George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto. This will include an education seminar to be announced shortly, followed by a curling social.
  • The Ontario Chapter Education Committee will be hosting the “Roof Technology & Science I” course. February 7 – 8, 2019 at the TCA Offices in Richmond Hill

RCI Ontario Chapter


RCI Ontario Seminar – Fire Safety

The Ontario Chapter held a seminar on “Care and Control” Who is Liable for Fire Safety? This seminar was assembled by the education committee to address the hot topic issue of fire safety as it relates to roofing. It seemed imperative to have a seminar that could discuss this topic and allow for some further conversation with regards to liability on the contractor, consultant and building owner. At the heart of the discussion was the focus on Fire Safe Roofing Practices and the relation to the Fire Code’s due diligence clause and the consequences of ignoring such. The presentation also focused on fire preventative resources.

Figure 1. Nancy MacDonald- Duncan, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention discussing "Fire Watch"

The course was facilitated by Shawn Irani of TSS Building Science, and in conjunction with the education committee they brought in professionals in fire safety to make a presentation. Nancy MacDonald-Duncan, Assistant Chief, Fire Prevention and Life Safety with the Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services along with Andre Clafton, Captain and Acting Chief Fire Prevention Officer with York Region Fire Services were kind enough to lend their expertise in fire prevention and provide further insight into the fire code and the regulations surrounding the code.

Figure 2. Facilitator Shawn Irani - Discussing Hot Applied Applications

Open flame and torch applied roofing systems have been under some scrutiny for quite some time as many insurance companies are reluctant to provide coverage to roofing companies given the “high risk” associated with roofing and the potential for fires. The education committee was willing to take this contentious issue and have a forum for discussion regarding fire safety and the liability aspect. There seems to be parties on both sides of the open flame issue and there should certainly be further discussions regarding this issue.

This seminar was a great opportunity to shed more light on the issue and have constructive dialogue. Liability, responsibility and culpability are three major facets when addressing fire safety and having a presentation from professionals who have earned their living in fire prevention made for an interesting and informative seminar! The Ontario Chapter would like to thank both Nancy and Andre for their time and agreeing to discuss this topic with our members.

The Chapter would also like to thank the following for their table top displays at the event:

  • Tremco
  • GAF
  • Rockwool
  • SIKA

The seminar generated substantial interest with over 50 attendees on hand for the presentation and three quarters of those who attended stayed for the lunch social after the seminar. It was great to see some members of the OIRCA in attendance as well since this issue of fire safety affects the roofing industry as a whole. Thank you again to the education committee for organizing this event!

Upcoming Events

  • RCI Ontario Chapter is holding a two day course on: "Masonry Wall Systems"
    Date: November 22nd & 23rd, 2018
    Location: TCA Offices in Richmond Hill
    Guest Speakers: Peter Saunders, Gary Osmond & Len Gurunlian
  • RCI National Capital Branch (Ontario) is hosting a breakfast seminar on:
    "The Future of Building Envelope Inspections"
    Date: November 27th, 2018
    Location: The Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, Ottawa
    Guest Speakers: Alex Healy, Ted Sheridan & Matt Ryan
  • RCI Ontario Chapter’s "Annual Christmas Luncheon"
    Date: December 6th, 2018
    Location: Le Jardin Conference and Event Centre,Vaughan

RCI Ontario Chapter


RCI Canadian Building Envelope Symposium

RCI Inc. hosted the first annual Canadian Building Envelope Technology Symposium on September 13th and 14th at the Mississauga Hilton, Meadowvale. The two day symposium was packed with seminars and manufacturer’s exhibits. The event was highly successful from an attendance standpoint with over 240 attendees from across Canada and the United States.

The event opened on September 13th with a continental breakfast and time was allotted for the attendees to mingle and gave them a chance to view the different exhibits that were being staged by various manufacturers. The seminars started shortly after with the first presentation on "Building Envelope Commissioning" by Scott Armstrong of WSP and RCI Ontario alumnus Jean Guy Levaque who also spoke about "The Missing Link for Future-Ready Buildings". There were three presentations in the morning and then there was a break for lunch which was provided at the Hilton. The afternoon session of the symposium had three more presentations before convening for the day. Some Hors D’oeuvres were provided after the conclusion of the days seminars.

Day two opened with a continental breakfast again and this was followed by a presentation on "Whole Building Airtightness Testing of Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Buildings" by Kevin Knight. The morning saw three presentations before convening for lunch and the afternoon session also had three presentations on a wide range of topics. The following topics were covered in addition to the ones mentioned above throughout the two day event.

  • "Measured Drying Ability of Compact Low-Slope Roofs" – By Jonathan Smegal
  • "Thermal Performance of Building Enclosures" – By Nicole Parsons
  • "Roofing vs Masonry" – By Matthew Novesky & Rachel Will
  • "Liquid-Applied Air Barrier Systems for High-Rise Buildings" – By Marzieh Riahinezhad
  • "Design of Sloped Roofs in Snow Country" - By Marcus Dell
  • "Benefits of Dual-Barrier-Protected Membrane Roofs" - By Allen Lyte
  • "Strategies for Effective Building Retrofits" – By Eric Chisholm & Hannah Thevapalan
  • "The Future of Building Envelope Inspections" – By Alex Healy & Matthew Ryan
  • "Humidity and Building Envelope Failure in Enclosed Swimming Pools, Hot Tubs and Steam Rooms" – By Zen Szewczyk
  • "Canadian National Standard for Vegetated Roof Assembly" – By Bas Baskarin & Mauricio Chavez

On behalf of our members the RCI Ontario Chapter would like to thank all the manufacturers who participated in the exhibitor’s portion of the symposium by providing a table top display. Thank you to the following:

Tremco Accella Polyurethane Systems Henry Company Canada
Kemper Systems Canada Inc. Ardent Industries Ltd. IKO Industries
Rockwool Armatherm Pecora Corporation
Owens Corning Canada LP Artistic Skylights Polyglass USA Inc.
Lexsuco CGC Inc./USG Poly-Mor Canada Inc.
Siplast Firestone Building Products Canada SFS Intec Inc.
Johns Manville Glascurtain Inc. Situra Inc.
Soprema Canada UL CLEB Zinco Canada Inc.

We would also like to thank those who helped organize this inaugural event in Canada. A tremendous amount of time and commitment are needed to organize such a fabulous event which I believe exceeded expectations. RCI should be commended for the event that they staged.. There was plenty of Canadian content on display to showcase the quality of speakers and professionals that we have throughout this country. Their expertise in the science of building envelope technology provided thought provoking presentations which was of benefit to all those whom attended this fine event!

Upcoming Events

  • RCI Ontario Chapter is hosting Seminar on: "Fire Safety" 2 CEHs will be available
    Place: Angus Glen Golf Club
    Date: October 19, 2018
    Speaker: Peel and Vaughan Region Fire Prevention Office & Ontario Fire Marshalls Office
  • RCI Ontario Chapter is holding a workshop on: "Roof Restoration"
    2 CEHs will be available
    Place: Toronto Construction Association offices in Richmond Hill
    Date: November 1st, 2018
  • RCI Ontario Chapter is also holding a two day course on:
    "Masonry Wall Systems". 12 CEHs will be available
    Place: TCA Offices, Richmond Hill
    Date: November 22 & 23, 2018
    Speaker: TBD

RCI Ontario Chapter


RCI Ontario Chapter’s Meet and Greet Social

On September 12th as part of the lead up to the first ever Canadian Building Envelope Symposium the RCI Ontario Chapter held a meet and greet social at the nearby Chop Steakhouse. The social was a chance for those attending the symposium to mingle with colleugues, friends and industry professionals.

With the symposium being held at the Hilton Mississauga across the street from the venue it allowed for those whom may have been attending from out of town easy access without the need for shuttles or alternative transportation.

The event was well attended with 94 members registered.

The Chapter would like to extend thanks to those who sponsored event:

Gold Sponsors
- Roofing Contractors Alliance of Canada
- CAN-Sky Roofing

Event Sponsors
- Beacon Roofing Supply

Special thanks are in order as well for the Social committee. Michael Da Silva & Betty Quan whom helped organize a spirited event that was quite enjoyable and really got the symposium off to a great start.

Upcoming Events

  • The Education Committee is holding a seminar on a (“Care and Control – Who Is liable for Fire Safety)” on October 19th at the Angus Glen Golf Club.
  • The Education Committee will host a workshop on “Roof Restoration” on November 1st at a location yet to be determined

RCI Ontario Chapter


Technical Committee Notice

The RCI Ontario Chapter has established a Technical Committee with several goals including:

  • Encouraging Chapter members to participate in the annual RCI Document Competition.
  • Encourage questions, thoughts, examples, and case studies that can be considered by the Committee and, where appropriate, published by the Chapter for the benefit of our members.

If you wish to contact the Technical Committee, please send an email to rci@rci-ontariochapter.ca with the Subject "Attn: Technical Committee".

Note: In responding to questions, the technical committee will canvas our resources and offer responses based on information from leading companies, individuals, or groups that have offered credible opinion or fact on the subject. We will not guess, answer, offer opinion on a subject question as individuals but will respond collectively as agents for the dissemination of credible opinion or verified fact.

Gary Hamilton, Technical Committee Co-Chair

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Upcoming Events

Masonry Wall Systems Course Date: January 24 - 25, 2019
Location Ottawa
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Annual General Meeting and Curling Social Date: February 1, 2019
Location: St. George’s Golf Club
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Roof Technology & Science I Course Date: February 7 - 8, 2019
Location: Richmond Hill
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Professional Building Consulting Date: April 11 - 12, 2019
Location: Richmond Hill
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